Carl B. Hancock

Professor of Music Education
Music Education Department Head


  • PhD, Music Education, Florida State University
  • MME, Music Education, Florida State University
  • BME, Music Education, Florida State University


Carl B. Hancock is Department Head, Graduate Coordinator, and Professor of Music Education at the University of Alabama. He teaches classes in music education, band methods, and research techniques. His appointment began in 2005.

Carl’s research is in bibliometrics, career trends, professional development, and teacher attrition/retention. He is published in the Journal of Teacher Education, Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, Journal of Band Research, Arts in Education Policy Review, and Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. His other contributions include conducting the Alabama Music Teacher Census, writing for the second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music, contributing to The SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation.

Dr. Hancock has presented at the American Educational Research Association National Conference, The Midwest Clinic, the CMS National Conference, the NAfME Music Research & Teacher Education National Conference, the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education, and the International Symposium on Research in Music Behavior. In addition, he regularly presents at state and regional music education conferences.

Carl serves on the Executive Committee of the Society for Research in Music Education (SRME) and is the technology specialist for the Alabama Music Educators Association. He served on the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Music Education and was national chair of the Learning and Development  and Affective Response Special Research Interest Groups for the Society for Research in Music Education. Regionally, he represented music education on the southern board of the College Music Society. Hancock is past president of the Alabama Music Educators Association having previously served as research chair and state collegiate advisor.

Carl received his Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degree and earned a certificate in college teaching from Florida State University. His graduate work was with the University Bands and the Center for Music Research. He also received his Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from Florida State University.

Hancock’s appointments include faculty positions at the University of Alabama, University of Arizona, North County Music Supervisor for Indian River County Schools and positions in public schools including Santa Fe High School, and Sebastian River High School.

Dr. Hancock is a member of The National Association for Music Education, the Society for Research in Music Education, and the Alabama Music Educators Association.